Walking in their Shoes

By Steve & Frances Orton and Joy Ercanbrack

We extend a heartfelt thank you to the many family members who went the extra mile to help make the 2014 Reunion such agreat success! Please log on to the website tosee pictures and read the full account of thereunion.

The family gained a deeper respect for ourancestors who lived in the Independence,Missouri area as we toured Far West, Adamondi-Ahman, and the sacred Liberty Jail.We learned that God does not abandonus, just as he did not abandon Joseph andHyrum when they were unjustly imprisonedin the Liberty Jail. Truth does prevail and themercies of God will be revealed.

The family met in the beautiful Community of Christ Stone Church and received graciouswelcomes and family news, history,website, iDig info and news of upcoming events. Lach Mackay read a welcome letter to thefamily from Cousin Wallace B. Smithwho was recovering from surgery.

The highlight of the evening washearing the memories of AninaMackay Luff as she reflected onthe early reunions and said asshe looked in the eyes of newlydiscovered cousins, she could seethe eyes of her family.

Saturday morning, Richard G.Moore shared insights on thestrength of Emma Smith. We gaineda great respect for Joseph Smith IIIfrom the historical sketch given byLach Mackay. A recorded messageof unity and friendship was given byElder M. Russell Ballard.

Saturday, a wreath was placedduring a family memorial at theMound Grove Cemetery. Dan Larsenwelcomedthe group and FredLarsen gavea familymessage andtribute. Thebeautifulflowerswere placedby AninaMackay Luffand Christin Mackay. The settingwas lovely and a spirit of peace waspresent.

Fred Larsen spoke to the family ata banquet at the Conference Centerof the Remnant Church of JesusChrist of Latter-day Saints. We gavenew shoes to the women of theMothers Refuge, a womens shelterthat were temporarily staying at theConference Center because theirgroup home burned down. Ourfamily also donated a check to helpthem with their rebuilding efforts.

Everyone at the reunion was givenof new pair of shoelaces whichrepresents a real connection to ourSmith history with the challenge toremember our family ties wheneveryou lace up your shoes.


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